Executive Branch—Ethical Standards
WHEREAS, Article I, Section I, of the Louisiana Constitution provides that “All government, of right, originates with the people, is founded on their will alone, and is instituted to protect the rights of the individual and for the good of the whole”;
WHEREAS, Louisiana has long suffered nationally from an image of public corruption and a lack of accountability for conflicts of interest for elected and appointed officials;
WHEREAS, this negative image has hampered efforts to attract business investment to the state;
WHEREAS, the citizens of this state loudly proclaimed their demands for ethics reform in the most recent elections;
WHEREAS, I will issue a call for an extraordinary legislative session in February to enact comprehensive ethics reform;
WHEREAS, to demonstrate my commitment to ethics reform, I shall impose ethical standards for my cabinet and staff in excess of those currently required by law; and
WHEREAS, I further shall require ethics training for all cabinet and other officials I appoint.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Bobby Jindal, Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: I hereby instruct my cabinet members to comply with the gubernatorial financial disclosure requirements of Louisiana Revised Statute 42:1124, commencing on January 15 of the year following his or her commission.
SECTION 2: All cabinet and other officials appointed by the governor and departmental officers as provided in R.S. 36:5 shall participate in annual training and education on the Code of Governmental Ethics beginning in 2008. The ethics education shall be in conformity with the provisions of R.S. 42:1170 except for the commencement of such training.
SECTION 3: Resignation will be requested from any executive appointee who is indicted while in office.
SECTION 4: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 15th day of January, 2008.
Secretary of State